AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

How to create certificates with custom extensions using AWS Certificate Manager Private CA

Digital certificates, also known as X.509 or TLS/SSL certificates, are used to prove the identity of entities like web servers or VPN users and to establish secure communication channels between them. In this blog post, I’ll discuss certificate extensions. You can use certificate extensions for applications beyond the common use case of identifying TLS server […]

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How to use the AWS Security Hub PCI DSS v3.2.1 standard

August 31, 2021: AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. On February 13, 2020, AWS added partial support for the Payment Card Industry Data Security […]

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Manage your AWS KMS API request rates using Service Quotas and Amazon CloudWatch

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) publishes API usage metrics to Amazon CloudWatch and Service Quotas allowing you to both monitor and manage your AWS KMS API request rate quotas. This functionality helps you understand trends in your usage of AWS KMS and can help prevent API request throttling as you grow your use of AWS […]

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How to improve LDAP security in AWS Directory Service with client-side LDAPS

You can now better protect your organization’s identity data by encrypting Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communications between AWS Directory Service products (AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector) and self-managed Active Directory. Client-side secure LDAP (LDAPS) support enables applications that integrate with AWS Directory […]

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How to use KMS and IAM to enable independent security controls for encrypted data in S3

August 31, 2021:AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. Typically, when you protect data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), you use a combination […]

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12 additional AWS services and 2 features authorized at DoD Impact Level 4 and 5 for AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

I’m excited to share that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized 12 additional AWS services and 2 features in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. With these additional 12 services and 2 features, AWS now offers a total of 52 services authorized to process DoD mission critical data at Impact Levels (IL) 4 and 5 […]

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Automated Response and Remediation with AWS Security Hub

June 2, 2021: The instructions in this blog post have been implemented in an AWS Solution, AWS Security Hub Automated Response and Remediation, that includes remediations for more than 20 security controls. To learn more about implementing the solution, see How to deploy the AWS Solution for Security Hub Automated Response and Remediation. AWS Security […]

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New IRAP report provides Australian public sector the ability to leverage additional services at PROTECTED level

September 9, 2021: Amazon Elasticsearch Service has been renamed to Amazon OpenSearch Service. See details. Following the award of PROTECTED certification to AWS in January 2019, we have now released updated Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) PROTECTED documentation via AWS Artifact. This information provides the ability to plan, architect, and self-assess systems built in […]

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Internet Security Notification – Department of Homeland Security Alert AA20-006A

On January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert (AA20-006A) that highlighted measures for critical infrastructure to prepare for information security risks, but which are also relevant to all organizations. The CISA alert focuses on vulnerability mitigation and incident preparation. At AWS, security is our […]

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AWS achieves FedRAMP JAB High and Moderate Provisional Authorization across 16 services in the AWS US East/West and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

AWS is continually expanding the scope of our compliance programs to help your organization run sensitive and regulated workloads. Today, we’re pleased to announce an additional array of AWS services that are available in the AWS US East/West and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, marking a 17.7% increase in our number of FedRAMP authorizations since the […]

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